Texas October 11, 2017
The Tiny Town In Texas With The Most Scrumdiddlyumptious Restaurants
Texas has a funny way of producing amazing hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop restaurants that deviate from the monotony of chains that make up the majority of dining options. This one particular tiny town, Johnson City, has quite a few eateries that remain unmatched in terms of flavor, service, and atmosphere – an amazing feat considering its population of a mere 2,000. Here are just a few of them:
1. Pecan Street Brewing
Pecan Street Brewing is a brew pub in the historic town square of Johnson City. The crafted-in-house beers compliment the menu of brick-oven pizzas, fresh salads, burgers, and Southern classics. The restaurant features a beer garden with outdoor seating, pool and shuffleboard tables, free wifi, and live music.
106 East Pecan Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636
2. East Main Grill
East Main Grill is staffed with some of the most experienced chefs around, ensuring that your food is bursting with flavor and creativity in every bite. The entrees are centered around char-grilled meat, whether it be on its own, as in a steak, or in a burger. And you can't leave without trying one of their tempting desserts!
209 E. Main, Johnson City, TX 78636
3. Bryans on 290
The founder of Bryans knew he wanted to be a chef when he learned how to cook over an open fire as a boy scout. That skill carried over into adulthood and is one of the trademarks of his restaurant - live fire cooking. The food is seasonally inspired and fresh-to-table. Think meals like Bryans Half Chicken with smoked gouda mac & cheese, or perhaps a BBQ chicken breast with garlic butter-infused sweet potatoes. Yum.
300 E. Main St., Johnson City, TX
4. Lady Bird Lane Cafe
Lady Bird Lane prides itself in incorporating lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables into its meals. Flavorful salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches make up the menu, with a soup of the day and desserts available upon request.
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX, United States
5. Ronnie's Ice House BBQ
Ronnie's is one of the most unique barbecue joints in Texas because it still uses direct-heat cooking, a dying method that involves burning oak logs down to coals. Whatever you do, don't pass up the smoked turkey - it absorbs the flavor of the fatty pork ribs cooked alongside it, and it'll practically melt in your mouth. Make sure you snag a slice of buttermilk pie, too - you definitely won't regret it.
211 US-281, Johnson City, TX, TX, 78636
6. Fat Boy Burgers
Fat Boy Burgers had one mission back in 2007: to create the best burger. With their love for the craft and the finest ingredients (Braveheart Black Angus Beef) combined, I think it's safe to say they're well on their way. Try the original or go nuts with a mammoth creation like this chili-cheese burger. Either way, you'll leave the table full and happy.
104 US-281, Johnson City, TX 78636
7. El Charro Restaurant
El Charro is your go-to when you have a craving for Mexican in Johnson City. The staff is friendly as can be, the portions are Texas-sized, and (most importantly) the chips and salsa are delicious.
502 S US Highway 281, Johnson City, TX 78636
8. Hill Country Cupboard
Hill Country Cupboard is everyone's favorite neighborhood Southern cafe in the city. Breakfast is sold all day, and lunch/dinner offerings range from chicken-fried steak to burgers and everything in between. And it would be criminal to leave without a slice of homemade pie.
101 US Hwy 281, Johnson City, TX 78636
Pretty incredible that all of these culinary masterpieces can be found in the same small town, right? What other tiny towns have an abundance of good restaurants? Let us know your favorites!